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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam121 View Post
    Oh man, that's what I thought too! I was down for the count for three days after just a brief encounter with H2S when I was working north of Belfield a few years ago. The guy I worked with was out for two weeks. It was awful, felt like I was dying. I was lucky, though...I was working when I guy loosened a pressurized line and had the whole thing blow up on him and killed him. I can't even read about what the silica dust does to your lungs anymore because that will give you nightmares (and the respirators you get do next to nothing to help). I guess this guy doesn't have enough experience in the oilfield to tell anyone else what to do. If you are just learning about H2S, then you have a lot of other stuff to learn, too. I think he took an economics class once and really likes talking about it (supply and demand...free market...supply and demand...free market...AMERICANS DON'T GET IT...FOREIGNERS DON'T GET IT...only I get it).
    BA in economics, actually. Even though you want to get snotty defending an entitlement mentality, I appreciate your contribution. But yes, even wages in dangerous jobs are set by the market in non-socialist economies.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chibob View Post
    I work in the south TX area and we have a low incidence of H2S. If you lean over an open hatch on top of a tank your monitor might go off if there is no wind. Most wells have vapor recovery systems in place even though most of these wells are low H2S.

    If a big company like Halliburton has problems getting H2S under control at a well they just fill it with concrete and move on to the next one. That could cost them as much as $80 million but that just goes to show how much money is being made in oil.

    Here in south TX a lot of precautions are taken to insure safety around H2S. Our company policy is that if your monitor goes off at anything above ten we are supposed to leave the well and call dispatch. In practice, if the wind picks up and there are no more beeps we stay and finish the load. But if a high reading like 35 occurs we are out of there asap and we don't go back until the well operator addresses the problem.

    That has not happened to me yet but if any driver has an H2S alert the whole company knows about it by the end of the day. That is the kind of news that travels fast.

    I guess I should probably mention that most of what we have here is Condensate rather than Crude so that might account for the low H2S.
    That vapor recovery system is what they didn't have in the Youtube video I posted about the crude hauler who got hit by H2S. Engineering control. I'll look for that tomorrow when I start training.

    I hope they're as cautious about H2S in North Dakota but I doubt it. I'm curious in which fields the most H2S is found. Sounds like S. Texas is better than West Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Gunn View Post
    I just read most of that long account about the guy tripping pipe on the pulling unit. There is absolutely no excuse for what happened there. Any reputable oil company and any reputable well service company will instruct their contractors and employees on the importance of using their Stop Work Authority. The rig operator should have stopped the job and shut the well in, regardless of what the company man said. Any company worth it's salt would have backed him and required a safety team and supplied air before any further work was done. It's that kind of ignorance and indifference that gets people killed.
    Thus, the Darwin Award. I feel for the guy, but man! He gets sick and walks away. He goes back and gets more sick. Then he comes back after the weekend and gets still sicker. Hello?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP3 > CB View Post
    BA in economics, actually. Even though you want to get snotty defending an entitlement mentality, I appreciate your contribution. But yes, even wages in dangerous jobs are set by the market in non-socialist economies.
    Not so much snotty as giving you a gentle ribbing. Believe me, most of the people who do these jobs for cheap aren't told about all the dangers or that you can end up blinded by corrosive agents, with lung disease or dead. And seriously, if you have a BA, what are you doing hauling sand? Saving us from the evils of socialism?

    Just be safe, that silica dust gets in your lungs like asbestos. OSHA is supposed to be passing some regulations about it, I heard.

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    H2s wells up here in ND are a hit and miss. What I mean is you can have multiple wells side by side one will produce H2s and the one right next to it wont. Most companies take the threat of H2s very seriously and provide all the proper equipment to monitor and protect you from exposer. Accidents will happen. I have been working the ND oil fields for a couple of years now and I have had a few run ins with H2s but with all the training I have received it has been nothing that I couldn't handle.

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    I ran into the stuff a few times pulling production water when gauging tanks or the exhaust on my pump while loading. Ran into it at old, stagnant pits too. There were a few locations that we knew always had H2S on them. Spoke to a driver and he said if it was under 100 on the meter they would drive onto the location and see, but over that they sent in crews to clean the location back up (it set down in a deep valley and was just a hot spot for that gas). I wouldn't mess with anything that high. Meter tripped up to 50 a couple times on top of tanks while they vented but the wind blew it away. I was told when I started for the first company that 10ppm was OK to load in and 20ppm was when you needed to get out, but they didn't seem very serious about it. Every company I dealt with after that one told us to get out if the meter detected anything at all and they would deal with it, no messing around. I liked that better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam121 View Post
    Not so much snotty as giving you a gentle ribbing. Believe me, most of the people who do these jobs for cheap aren't told about all the dangers or that you can end up blinded by corrosive agents, with lung disease or dead. And seriously, if you have a BA, what are you doing hauling sand? Saving us from the evils of socialism?

    Just be safe, that silica dust gets in your lungs like asbestos. OSHA is supposed to be passing some regulations about it, I heard.
    I once sat waiting in the shop talking to a driver who had been a vice president and also a plant manager. I just went through orientation with a former Harrier pilot and Company Commander. We started talking politics with a really smart guy who had been in IT. You never know what someone did before driving a truck.

    I once met a guy from Eastern Europe, I forget where, and man was he bitter at the companies he'd leased on to. He kept talking about how they were out to screw us and how all of our wages should be just so high. He was just bitter.

    I don't see the companies doing too much different from any of the rest of us, they try to maximize profit by getting high rates and lower costs. Costs in that sentence includes our wages, labor costs. It's natural, it's the way it should be.

    Of course there will be cheap companies where the owner is trying to get out as much as he can now without regard to the long term. He plans on selling or getting out altogether and he doesn't care what kind of condition he leaves the company in- old equipment, high turnover, etc., etc. Stay away from a company like that. But, the freedom to run your business the way you like means you can do that. Then, we have agencies like OSHA to penalize them if they are endangering people. But, buyer beware, OSHA won't catch it all. And, if there is a better company and a better job down the road, try to get in there.

    This H2S sounds crazy. My solace is two 80,000 lb trucks passing each other in opposite directions at 60 mph just inches apart is probably even crazier. Too late to back out now. I thought leaving frac sand would get me away from the threat of silicosis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP3 > CB View Post
    Just went through orientation and learned a little about it. But, what they teach and what seems to be the reality look like two different things. One water hauler said at some sites his monitor would go off and then he'd have to move away and then he'd go back and try it again. A few days ago somebody died in North Dakota from H2S poisoning.

    Hauling sand, we didn't have H2S monitors and never thought about it. So, I'm asking you, what's it really like out there? TIA
    I have pulled from many times from wells with 2000-6000ppm of H2S. Make sure your meter is working. Use the vapor recovery line! Watch for wind conditions and stand up wind. There are usually tons of signs around when you are on a High H2S pad. respect it and you'll be ok.

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